1.26.2011

Year Round Wreath!



Can it get any better than 1 wreath all year?
Let me show you my excitement through a 40 photo tutorial and why it gets to stay up ALL YEAR.
Because it's SO WORTH IT.

Wreath: $3.50
All Assorted Fabric: $21.89

Let's begin already!
I took a file folder and cut out a desired petal shape.
(I have pretty big hands and chipped nail polish so here's a comparison)


Trace it and cut it out again so you have two.


Then take one and trim 1/2" all the way around it so you now have a smaller one.


With the larger petal, trace onto burlap.
(For a full year, you'll need 64-72, you'll see why soon.)



I got a 1/4 yard of the greenish burlap and cut out leaf shapes.
(40-64 leaves)


With your smaller petal shape (from your file folder) cut out your assorted fabric of choice


Then hot glue the assorted fabric petals onto the burlap ones. I glue half at a time like so...


So far...so cute.
(and not TOO many glue burns yet)


Keep going!


Now take your wreath and lay a strip of burlap (that curves with the wreath and takes up about a forth of the wreath...like the picture below) but just lay it there dont glue it down or anything. The burlap is to glue the petals onto and to still have a visual of the wreath. (DO NOT GLUE THE PETALS ONTO YOUR WREATH...just the burlap strip)

Notice how I've taken each petal (below) and glued it about one inch shut to create a better petal shape. You'll want this done to all your petals before we start glueing it to the burlap strip.
NOW: Glue your first petal here:

Then two more here:


Then one more here:


Then center this one here:


Then add two upside down onto the last one:


Then add one in that gap to the left:
There should be 8 full petals now

IMPORTANT: Glue bottom, sides edges, wherever they touch anything else, GLUE IT! (Or your petals will wilt out doors). They need to be secure.



Now add RIBBON!
I didn't tie any ribbon bows(although it looks like it below), I just made loops and glued them and made strips with the two pointed edge and glued it. I never tied a whole bow (to save ribbon)


Shape/glue your leaves.
Then place them in any gaps. (I would add 5-8 leaves, which is why the # can depend on you. Please notice the dried hot glue on my thumb point.)


Now cut 64-72 3" wires.


Take some twine and glue/wrap it around a few times
(add glue...wrap. Repeat)


Then glue/twist it down the wire


Dont worry about covering the last half inch with twine because you wont see it.
Keep going!



Now glue our new stems into the center of each petal
To create LILIES!


Glue thick velcro onto the wreath (where the burlap strip would lay, but maybe a touch shorter so the velcro doesn't ever show through. (also, put the rough sided velcro onto the wreath)
UPDATE: I Gorilla glued the velcro on!
Why add velcro?
Well, that's the fun part!...you'll see.


Add a ribbon to hang the wreath.
I sewed two strips of burlap ribbon and one strip of lace together to create a gorgeous thick ribbon!

Add three 2"squares of the soft sided velcro onto the back of our beautiful burlap lily creation
(add the squares to the top, middle and bottom)
UPDATE: I Gorilla Glued these on too!
And then velcro it on the wreath of coarse!

This is why we did velcro:

Valentines...


St. Patty's:


Easter:


Independence Day USA:


Halloween:


FALL:


And Christmas:


3 day project,
Under $25
all-year-wreath
SO WORTH IT!

(Now, I ended up adding one more petal to the very top curve of each one. That's your choice. So I have 8 different wreaths with 9 petals on each.
Or you can just stick to 8 petals. But that's why I mention either doing 64 or 72. You decide).

I may not touch a glue gun for awhile, but like I said, this project was well worth it. Even my husband loves it. He usually puts a lot of effort into acting like all my projects are his WHOLE WORLD, but this time, I could really tell that he loved it. It made my day.

Linds


54 comments:

Allie said...

OH MY GOSH! I LOVE it!! That is the greatest idea EVER! A wreath for the whole year and it only takes 3 days to make. Brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial.

Marilyn said...

This is absolutely adorable. I'm definitely adding it to my to-do list. Thanks for the inspiration!!

Ali said...

I LOVE IT!!! What a great idea. And I love all the material you used, sooooo cute!! I featured it on my BLOG, I had to share with everyone!!!
http://alidawnscrafts.blogspot.com/2011/01/absolutely-amazinga-wreath-all-year.html

thanks for the post. Ali

Rachelle said...

What a great idea! So cute! I'm definitely doing this.

whipperberry.com said...

FANTASTIC idea...love it!

kisses
heather from whipperberry

Melissa said...

I'm loving this because I've always thought: where the heck am I going to store 12+ wreaths?? Just storing the flower petals is brilliant!

Summer said...

What a great idea! I love it! I'll be featuring it on my blog in a couple of weeks!

http://sumossweetstuff.blogspot.com

Thanks!
Sumo:)

Rachel said...

That is so amazingly terrifical and beautimous! So, I laughed at your previous post about the reader who told you that you spell course wrong! A major part of reading your blog is your spelling mistakes (which are very few BTW). Its cute and endearing and I love it! Keep being you please!

Marilyn said...

I'm featuring this on my blog. Thanks again for sharing.

Annie said...

This is a MUST DO project. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea said...

OMGOSH! I love this I am going to make this! Where did you buy all your supplies?

Trina said...

Such a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing with us!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Super cute! Solves the dilemma of where to store 12 different wreaths!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Shelia said...

You are the smartest one and this wreath is adorable! Thanks for the tutorial for every season of the year.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Leanne said...

Oh, so cute and what a great idea. I love the fabric you chose and how you wrapped the pins.

Zerique said...

i must try this. great project!

Janet said...

This is so great! It's perfect for those without a lot of storage space. Love your idea. :)

Nunurina said...

Que gran idea!!! Muy original. Gracias por compartirla.

Paula said...

Great idea! Being able to switch out the design for the season is genius.

mommy2boys said...

AWESOME! I clicked on the link because I read "cala lily" my favorite" and wreaths for "all year" .....AND I must say you indeed delivered I think I am gonna make this one for sure!

Great job

The Crafty Side Of Life said...

LOVE IT!! So cute!!

Wani said...

This is such a great project!! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

Holy cow!!!!

Now I need to get all those fabrics. Maybe I'll get the smallest amount possible of lots of different fabrics, like 1/8 of a yard? Think that'd be good? I don't have many kinds stashed...

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AllieMakes! said...

Ok, I LOVE this! What a wonderful idea! It is PERFECT!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday through Sunday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Rachel @ A Tall Drink of Water said...

Way cute! And it's something I could totally do! Thanks for sharing!!

Jennifer said...

This is genius! I love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing!!
Jen
Scissors & Spatulas

Kiki Fangupo said...

LOVE!!!

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Love this! I will have to make one for Easter for sure! I love burlap. Just made some burlap curtains and did a tutorial on my blog.

I am your newest follower. Check me out when you get a chance!

http://prudentlypaintedvintage.blogspot.com

Colette said...

so cute and BRILLANT!
JAG sent me!

Clare G said...

You are a super genius! It is without a doubt one of the coolest ideas I've seen. Try Hot Glue Gun Helpers for the hot gluing- they really save you from the burns.

Vindiciti said...

Brilliant! Love it! Also love how it's my favorite flower! <3 Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to make my own! Would be such fun to add in more, like a birthday one with cupcakes and confetti!

Valerie Jean said...

Love, Love, Love!! What a brilliant way to change it out for seasons/holidays:) Check out my wreath here http://www.lovinglifeinfullbloom.com/2011/02/green-with-envy.html.
Your blog is fabulous!!!! Thanks for sharing:)

Lisa at Paint in my Hair said...

What an awesome idea! AND it's gorgeous! One question: where did you get the actual wreath itself?

Colleen said...

Coming over from JAG. Love this idea. I think I am going to share the link on my blog - this is such a great idea!!

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

Brilliant sista... Brilliant!

rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

this is SO AWESOME and i LOVE IT! love love LOVE LOVE it. great job!

Amber said...

Brilliant!

Danielle said...

Also a fan of Vivid Videography!

Kristy said...

sooooooooo cute!!!

Lori said...

I love this! I'm posting a link and photo on my blog. I'm going to see if my mom would want to make it with me.

Holiday Snob said...

So cute! I haven't seen your blog with this new template, love it! Thanks for stopping by our blog and fb page! I'm doing a favorite bookmark section for Friday's post and we'll definitely include it!

Sandra Kozlowski said...

Posted on my facebook and made my own. SO CUTE!!! LOVE it!!

Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Wow! Such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!!

Claudia said...

I just found your blog and this idea for an all year round wreath is simply phantastic! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be sure to make one. Greetings from Germany!

Regina said...

I LOVE this wreath so much that I'm hosting a craft night with my girl friends and we are all making this wreath!! How much burlap did you end up buying for all the petals?

Annette said...

sooooooooooo love this. you could go crazy with this...changing it up for new babies/babyshowers, birthdays, etc...

*CoUrTnEy* said...

THIS is officially my New Year's Resolution...SERIOUSLY. How did I miss this before?! Here I wondered while living in Jerome where you got your wreath...WOWZA. You are utterly AMAZING. =) Thanks for sharing your wonderfulness!!

Sarah said...

Just wanted to say thanks for this! A few friends and I got together and did this as one giant project. It was a lot of fun! I still have some finishing touches (like a bow on top) but for the most part, it's done!

I blogged about it on my site, and linked back to you.

http://confettiandotherfun.blogspot.com/2012/03/year-round-wreath.html

Thanks again! We all love our wreaths!!

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Jamie Gupton said...

This is perfect! I have Pin'd this and I'm going to the craft store tomorrow. :)

The Duckworth Family said...

I would love to see how you store your pieces. I like the idea, but unsure of how I would store them to make easy access, yet keep them from getting crushed! Super cute!

The Duckworth Family said...

I would love to see how you store your pieces. I like the idea, but unsure of how I would store them to make easy access, yet keep them from getting crushed! Super cute!

JMF1214 said...

Can you tell me what size wreath you used for this? I'm planning on a craft party at work and I need to grab all the "goods" ahead of time. Thanks!

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